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Old 03-02-2011, 04:42 PM   #31
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Balance Oiled

These boots are like slippers. They are unlike anything you have ever owned. I used them for years in Trials and they are amazing. There is a lot of walking and climbing in Trials to look at the sections. You can be in these all day and get great protection and great comfort
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:48 PM   #32
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I think the Gaerne are wider in the toe box than the BMW Savannahs (which are an older model).
I did swap the replaceable insole on the Gaerne with something with more arch support, and it has been more comfortable than the Savannah.

Both of our Savannah boots (from 2001), developed a looseness around the lower ankle area where the boot hinges.

Like I said, the Gaerne's will be my last mc boot. I've been through Sidis and others.
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:55 PM   #33
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My partner and I have been using the Gaerne balance oiled boots for offroad riding since 2007.

We haven't had any issues riding single-track and two track all day long on turkey and dual sport runs in the northeast.

In fact, the flexibility of these boots has prevented some archilles and calf muscle issues (like cramping) that my partner (a big 6'4") was having when we would have to push-start folks on the trail when he wore stiffer-style mx boots.

I hope I'm not jinxing myself, but I've had some spectacular biffs every season, even in rock gardens, and these boots have given me plenty of protection, even when pinned between footpeg and rocks.

Ryan Young was excellent to deal with, and we use the Gaerne boot paste a few times a season to keep the boots in good condition.

Other than a pair of 2001 BMW Savannah boots I can't kill (and which are still waterproof), I won't be riding in any other boots for street, adv, trail or trials.

Oh, and they fit, no problem, around my large calf muscles, and are not too high for my shorter legs, too.
That's it I'm buying some, thanks for the reviews everyone...
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:24 PM   #34
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That's it I'm buying some, thanks for the reviews everyone...
Post up where you order it from. I'm looking for a supplier in Canada that's willing to accept exchanges in case of wrong sizing.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:54 PM   #35
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Got mine from Ryan Young as well. They come in a bunch of different colors too if that matters to ya. I was initially atracted to them because they were brown.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:58 PM   #36
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Post up where you order it from. I'm looking for a supplier in Canada that's willing to accept exchanges in case of wrong sizing.
Good thinking...I'm going to Oregon at the end of March hoping to get some there, or size anyway.

They are $329 on ebay if you click on Buy it Now, you can make them an offer, I was going to try $300 or less just to see. I was thinking about getting them there but matbe they aren't the same quality at a real dealer...

Thoughts???

I will post where I get them for how much.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:14 PM   #37
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Got mine from Ryan Young as well. They come in a bunch of different colors too if that matters to ya. I was initially atracted to them because they were brown.
The "Balance Classics" are available in Blue, Red, White & Black, though they may be tough to find in the US or Canada. There also may be some old stock in various colors & models somewhere in cyberspace. YMMV.

The "Balance Oiled" boot is a pukka trials boot, available from Ryan Young for $329 USD

see - https://secure.rypusa.com/prodpage.c...399&startrow=1

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Old 03-02-2011, 07:34 PM   #38
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Good thinking...I'm going to Oregon at the end of March hoping to get some there, or size anyway.

They are $329 on ebay if you click on Buy it Now, you can make them an offer, I was going to try $300 or less just to see. I was thinking about getting them there but matbe they aren't the same quality at a real dealer...

Thoughts???

I will post where I get them for how much.
Found one: http://www.canadasmotorcycle.ca/gaer...led-boots.html

Free shipping and good return policy too.

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There are NO RESTOCKING FEES on product exchanges or refunds.
But, with the current USD/CAD rates, this looks more appealing: https://secure.rypusa.com/prodpage.c...399&startrow=1 . Have it shipped to a border town in the US. Try it right then and there. Give rypusa.com a call and send them back right away if the fit is bad.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:52 PM   #39
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I've been looking at these boots for some time too. I have read several reviews on various sites and see that a lot of people have issues with them in hot weather. However, I trust the inmates and I am wondering........are these boots hotter then other similar boots?? Do they breathe or do they give you swamp foot?
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:01 PM   #40
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Boots width

The very first post leads me to believe these boots run wide in width, true or not. I wear a 10 D which is normal width. Also on the sizing chart the sizes go from 9 1/2 to 10 1/2. Since my Sidis have all been 45 Euro if these boots run true to size I should be ok????

Thanks for any feed back.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:53 PM   #41
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Good thinking...I'm going to Oregon at the end of March hoping to get some there, or size anyway.

They are $329 on ebay if you click on Buy it Now, you can make them an offer, I was going to try $300 or less just to see. I was thinking about getting them there but matbe they aren't the same quality at a real dealer...

Thoughts???

I will post where I get them for how much.

Only the Balanced Oiled have the Gortex and are waterproof. The Classic and Pro are not waterproof, only the Oiled version. Make sure you are getting the Oiled model if you want waterproof. They cost more so look carefully at anything being sold cheaper
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:52 AM   #42
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The Gaerne's were true to size for me. I wear a 39 euro in all footwear and the 39 in Gaerne fit great. (U.S. size for me is 8.5 women.) After four years, they still fit great.

As far as overheating goes, I wear Smartwool, merino wool, socks year round with no heat or cold problems.. . . ymmv
https://www.smartwool.com/default.cfm#
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:58 AM   #43
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I've been looking at these boots for some time too. I have read several reviews on various sites and see that a lot of people have issues with them in hot weather. However, I trust the inmates and I am wondering........are these boots hotter then other similar boots?? Do they breathe or do they give you swamp foot?
I find ALL boost are hot when its hot out.

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Found one: http://www.canadasmotorcycle.ca/gaer...led-boots.html

Free shipping and good return policy too.



But, with the current USD/CAD rates, this looks more appealing: https://secure.rypusa.com/prodpage.c...399&startrow=1 . Have it shipped to a border town in the US. Try it right then and there. Give rypusa.com a call and send them back right away if the fit is bad.
Good find. I will look into it...
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:45 PM   #44
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Really stuck trying to choose between these and the Sidi adventure. Gaerne....really comfy or Sidi......ok comfort but more protection. What is driving me nuts is that nobody in the Denver area sells the Balance Oiled so I can't see them in person.
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:18 PM   #45
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I've had mine for 3 years now. Great boot. Comfortable and waterproof. I've put around 30,000 miles on them. I would say that the Sidi's probably have a little more protection, but the Gaerne's aren't bad. I found that they fit true to size. I wear a US 11 standard width and I use the Gaerne Euro size 45.
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